Prayer in the New Year

Praying Hands

Let me jump right in here, one of the things I really want to do better this year is prayer.  I know that there is no right or wrong way to pray… or maybe there is and if there is I certainly want to do it the right way, a right and deeper way.  I pray lots, I mean short to the point, “Help me, Jesus, please!” prayers. I lift up, “Thank You, Lord!” prayers often as well and I have quiet P.R.A.Y.  prayers – praising, repenting, asking and yielding – quietly listening waiting for what God may have for me and, unless I quiet myself and wait on him, I may not hear.  Still, in all of this I desire more – more time with Him, speaking, praising and listening to Him.  I desire to lift up His promises as an offering, thanking Him for who He is – my Lord and Savior and all He has done – too much to list.

This year is the year – as I am still (my word) I want to learn what He desires for me in my prayer life.

This year was the second year that we as a family were part of the generational prayer on the first Sunday of the year at Kings Harbor.  It’s hard for me to put into words what this means, this act of praying for someone, together with others, a community of believers coming together asking God to bless and protect others, to comfort and lead them in the coming year, to grow them, use them and fill them with His Holy Spirit.  This is big stuff, people! It’s a big deal praying and we get to do this!  This gets done for us!  We may not see – in the moment – the prayers that were prayed being answered, in fact it may be years before some of the prayers that were lifted up this weekend are answered but God’s timing is perfect and so I can only think that as we prayed this weekend, whether it was Saturday or Sunday and for and with whomever we prayed God is going to do a mighty work!

“We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD.  We will tell of the mighty miracles he did.” Psalm 78:4

I love that this is shared among the generations – how awesome that our children see that we can come together and pray and that we wait in anticipation knowing and expecting those prayers to be heard and answered in a mighty way!  How amazing that those wee babes that are not even born yet have been prayed for!  What a gift to be able to pray for each other.  I am undone – my heart full of thanks for this privilege.

God has “awesome” on this year’s agenda.  God always has “awesome” in His plan even when we don’t see it, when it is hard to see. God has “awesome” woven into each and every day of this life, this walk we are making and prayer is one way that we can enter in, walk closely and intimately with Him.

This year is the year, as I slow down, hurry less and be still more, this is the year that I want to revive my prayer life – my conversations with Jesus, I want to share what He is doing, has done and will do.

And you can bet, next year (and perhaps even before then) I will be telling of the mighty miracles He did!

About joymsteed

"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:4 I love this verse but the problem is I, more often than not, spend so much time rushing through the day that I don't think I really embrace what God is telling me through this verse. So, I am deciding to stand still or at least go slow and enjoy the days and the blessings that come, all of them; the ordinary and the extraordinary, the hard and the good, catching the moments wrapped up in each and giving thanks for the journey I am on. I am blessed to venture forward with my husband of 20 years and our two daughters, life has been hard and good and taken us places we never imagined we would go - both standing still and moving. God has been good and now as we enter a new stage, that point where our family road begins to have forks that are leading our girls to begin chapters in their stories that are separate from our story and although this excites me it also makes me wonder what's next for this mom, where do I go from here and what will this next chapter look like for me? I don't have the answers yet, what I do know though is that God is good and I know that He is going to lead and I will obediently follow, leaning in, standing still and rejoicing in the days ahead, the good and the hard days, the ordinary and the extraordinary days and the blessings wrapped in each. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

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